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Red Cabbage and Avocado Salad Recipe

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This red cabbage and avocado salad is easy, pretty and delicious. It’s not every day you eat something purple; so I got excited about this. Purple cabbage is so striking; with it’s dark outer leaves curling around a royal purple center…

I stumbled upon this little gem on Instagram; posted by Tanya (@TMUR25). It sounded so simple and had a great list of ingredients. Her caption read “So yummy, been eating it all week.” I made it the next day. We agreed and ate it all week too! It keeps well in the fridge for a few days so don’t toss any leftovers!

Ingredients for Purple Cabbage and Avocado Salad:

1 medium head of purple cabbage, finely sliced (a mandolin works great for this)
1 avocado, diced

For the Dressing:

3 Tbsp chopped Dill (fresh or frozen)
3-4 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (what I used) or flax seed oil or
1/2 cup fresh squeezed (or good quality store-bought) Orange juice
Juice of 1 medium lemon (about 2 Tbsp)
3/4 tsp salt; or to taste
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper, or to taste

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How to Make the Red Cabbage and Avocado Salad:

1. Finely slice the cabbage; a mandolin slicer works great and shreds your cabbage really finely, but it can definitely be done by hand using a sharp chef’s knife. Place cabbage in a salad bowl.

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2. Cut avocado in half, use a spoon to scoop out the good stuff and discard the skin and pit. Dice avocado and place it over the cabbage.

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3. Combine all dressing ingredients: 3 Tbsp chopped dill, 3-4 Tbsp fresh parsley, 3 Tbsp oil, 1/2 cup fresh squeezed OJ, 2 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice, 3/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper. Just before serving, stir everything to combine.

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Enjoy :). Tanya, thank you so much for sharing your yummy salad on Instagram!

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Red Cabbage and Avocado Salad Recipe

4.47 from 15 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $5
Servings: 6

Ingredients

Ingredients for Purple Cabbage Salad:

  • 1 medium head of purple cabbage
  • 1 avocado diced

For the Dressing:

  • 3 Tbsp chopped Dill fresh or frozen
  • 3-4 Tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil or flax seed oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed or good quality store-bought Orange juice
  • Juice of 1 medium lemon about 2 Tbsp
  • 3/4 tsp salt; or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper or to taste

Instructions

  1. Finely slice the cabbage; a mandolin slicer works great and shreds your cabbage really finely, but it can definitely be done by hand using a sharp chef's knife. Place cabbage in a salad bowl.
  2. Cut avocado in half, use a spoon to scoop out the good stuff and discard the skin and pit. Dice avocado and place it over the cabbage.
  3. Combine all dressing ingredients: 3 Tbsp chopped dill, 3-4 Tbsp fresh parsley, 3 Tbsp oil, 1/2 cup fresh squeezed OJ, 2 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice, 3/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper. Just before serving, stir everything to combine.

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  • Ana
    June 1, 2019

    Is there any way to make this work without the orange juice? it sounds so good but I try to avoid sugar as much as possible… 🙁 Reply

    • Natasha
      June 2, 2019

      Hi Ana, I think it would still work well to add a little extra lemon juice. I hope you love the salad! Reply

  • Angel
    November 6, 2018

    If I added a cucumber to this would the spices used for the recipe be sufficient or would I need to add a little bit more? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 7, 2018

      That should be fine but I would taste test it and add more based on personal preference. I would love to know how you like it with that! Reply

      • Angel
        November 8, 2018

        Thank you! Also, what are your thoughts on using cilantro instead of parsley? Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          November 8, 2018

          Hi Angel! I haven’t tried it with Cilantro so I can’t say. However, I would love to know how you like it if you experiment Reply

      • Angel
        November 8, 2018

        Thank you for your reply! Also, what are your thoughts on using cilantro instead of parsley? Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          November 8, 2018

          You’re welcome Angel! Reply

          • Angel
            November 28, 2018

            I did try it with the cilantro, added the cucumber and also some bacon bits and it was delicious! I made some for our thanksgiving dinner and got a lot of compliments on the salad. I was a little sad that the avacado did not ripe in time so I just made it without the avacado but it was still very delicious!

          • Natashas Kitchen
            November 28, 2018

            I’m so happy you enjoyed that, Angel! Thank you for your great feedback!

  • Cynthia
    April 27, 2016

    Hi – New to the blog. Did a search on a salad with red cabbage in it because I had some I wanted to use up. 🙂 I was skeptical that this would taste good, but I’ve been trying hard to incorporate more fresh and whole foods into my diet. I actually changed this and used Italian salad dressing plus the chopped dill and parsley and fresh squeezed lemon and I thought it was delicious! Will definitely have it again. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 27, 2016

      I love your ideas! Thank you so much for sharing! Reply

  • Tanya G
    November 9, 2015

    Very interesting recipe! I was really skeptical that this would taste good with the flavors (avocado with orange juice and lemon!?) but it totally works! And I agree, the key is to slice the cabbage thin. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 9, 2015

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the salad! That’s a great point about slicing it thin. It definitely helps the salad to take on the dressing better. Thanks for sharing your fantastic review! 🙂 Reply

  • philippe
    April 21, 2015

    Sound good nd easy will do for my ukrainien guest hope they likit Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 21, 2015

      I hope you all enjoy the recipe! Reply

  • olga
    August 10, 2014

    Made this salad tonight and was quite disappointed… everything in the dressing was overwhelming – I could taste everything in this salad had but separately as the flavors didn’t “click” together…. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 10, 2014

      Did you do anything differently? I’m bummed that you didn’t like it. Did you slice the cabbage thinly enough? I have found that if you slice it too thick, the marinade doesn’t incorporate as well. Reply

  • Pratima
    March 28, 2014

    Tried this recipe for dinner last night. Big hit with hubby and rest of the family. Thanks a lot! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 29, 2014

      Thank you for a great review Pratima, I’m glad that everyone enjoyed it :). Reply

  • Rachel
    December 27, 2013

    This salad was fantastic! I loved the avocado in it and it was such a healthy and tasty salad. We’ve been enjoying it for the past 2 days. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 27, 2013

      I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks for the great feedback 🙂 Reply

  • Michelle
    November 28, 2013

    I took this recipe to 2 different families homes tonight for the holiday and both times it was a “bomb.” I actually saw people throwing it away in the trash- broke my heart! I don’t know what I could have added or subtracted to make it better, but it was a No Go and I was so disappointed. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 28, 2013

      I’m so bummed to hear that 🙁 We really like this salad! Did you do anything different? My only thought might be how finely you slice the cabbage. This has to be pretty finely sliced because the marinade flavors won’t penetrate big pieces of cabbage and the texture of finely sliced cabbage is much more palatable. Reply

  • Shalini
    June 10, 2013

    Oops! Sorry, I meant to say ”replace the dill and parsley with coriander”. 🙂 Do let me know. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 10, 2013

      I haven’t tried with ground coriander, but I do think the dill and parsley adds nice flavor to the salad. If you try with coriander (an herb that I do love), please let me know how it works out. Reply

  • Shalini
    June 10, 2013

    Hi! Your recipe sounds lip-smackingly delicious! Thanks for sharing. Just one question – how would fresh coriander go with this if I chose to replace it with the dill and parsley? Do you think it would still be fine? Reply

  • Olga
    April 18, 2013

    Hi Natasha 🙂 its not too sweet…is it? Wanna try it tonight. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 18, 2013

      I wouldn’t say it’s very sweet at all. Hope you love it! Reply

      • Olga
        April 19, 2013

        So tasty 🙂 love it! Thank you for this receipe Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          April 19, 2013

          You’re welcome Olga 🙂 Reply

  • Elizabeth
    April 6, 2013

    So tasty! I love this recipe with fresh plantain chips. Thanks for shraring Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 6, 2013

      Do you mean in the salad? Interesting! Reply

  • Natalya
    April 3, 2013

    We just had this salad as a snack, simple and delicious! Thanks!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 3, 2013

      I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Reply

  • Irina
    February 26, 2013

    This looks super delicious. I’m always looking for new things to do with avocados because i LOVE them so much. I can’t wait to try this!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 26, 2013

      Enjoy!! Reply

  • oksana
    February 25, 2013

    This salad looks delicious. We r having a party this Saturday and IM definitely making this salad. Thanks Natasha. I love red cabbage, I made up my own recipe few years ago. Red cabbage, beets, orange or yellow pepper, red onion, green peas, garlic and mayo, salt and pepper. My family loves this salad. It’s crunchy. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 25, 2013

      That’s sounds delicious, I should try your version as well :). Reply

  • Nata M
    February 24, 2013

    Natasha,
    Amazing recepie!!! Thank you very much! Even my super picky 3 year old was eating it. And it’s almost impossible to convince (or should say beg instead) her to eat some salad, but this time she was asking for more purple salad! May God bless you and your wonderful family. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 24, 2013

      Thank you for such a sweet comment Nata. It always makes me extra happy to hear kids eating vegetables :). May God bless you and your family as well. Reply

  • margo
    February 20, 2013

    Oh, the dill, the dill! This truly needs fresh dill rather than dried… didn’t think to freeze any last summer 🙁 . I know it is only February, but I think it is time to plant some little dill seeds…I grow my garden in buckets, and I think this is one bucket that can live in the house until summer. The salad is fantastic, by the way, even with dried dill. I never would have thought to pair avocado with cabbage! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 20, 2013

      I love the idea of planting dill in a bucket and putting it in the house. You just need a sunny spot 🙂 Reply

  • February 17, 2013

    My hubby would love this. Also, I haven’t been a while and I love your beautiful pictures!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 17, 2013

      Thank you Sofya and welcome back to the site :). Reply

  • YanaP
    February 16, 2013

    That sounds delicious! I make mine with green peas (frozen,defrosted) chicken breast (marinade and fry, than chill in fridge) and mayo mixed in with the fresh thinly sliced red cabbage. I will def try this recipe. =) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 17, 2013

      I will need to try yours as well :). Reply

  • February 16, 2013

    I love red cabbage! It tastes so good in salad or stew. Reply

  • lana
    February 15, 2013

    Wow… That sounds so good. I’ll be making this for dinner tonight. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 15, 2013

      Let me know how it turns out :). Reply

      • lana
        February 15, 2013

        It was really good. Could eat this all week too and not get tired of it. Definitely will be adding this my recipe book. Even my toddlers loved it. Thank you guys. I really like your blog and check it almost everyday. 🙂 Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          February 15, 2013

          Thanks Lana; you’re so sweet. I’m extra happy that your toddlers loved it! Reply

  • February 15, 2013

    with avocado? Interesting. I got all ingredients at home. Will have to try this Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 15, 2013

      Yes it’s so good together! Reply

  • alina
    February 15, 2013

    Can you use regular green cabbage? Or does the purple cabbage have a distinct taste? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 15, 2013

      You Should be able to use regular cabbage as well, but I haven’t tested it my self yet 🙂 Reply

  • alana
    February 15, 2013

    Looks amazing! need to try asap!!!!!! Thanks Natasha & Vadim:)))) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 15, 2013

      Thanks for remembering Vadim 🙂 He does so much to help with the blog. Reply

  • Laura
    February 15, 2013

    Lovely recipe! I will try it tonight! I prepare a similar one with red cabbage and green peas, it’s delicious! Laura Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 15, 2013

      Ooh green peas… Now that sounds nice! Do you cook the frozen peas? Reply

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